Featured Global Business Schools

The Global Business Schools featured here are ranked the Top Global Business Schools as per the QS World University Global EMBA Rankings 2019, The FT Global EMBA Rankings 2019, The Economist Executive MBA Ranking 2018, and several other renowned ranking agencies. The residential, blended & online programs of each top global business school have been selected from a global perspective with emphasis on time, cost and convenience of participating in these programs by executives from different parts of the world. As such, most short term residential programs have been excluded.  

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Residential Executive MBA Programs

Business School Name     Location Executive MBA Program  Program Format Fee & Expenses* Duration (months)  Min Exp. Required Accreditations
Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW, Australia Executive MBA  Part-Time $ 58,643 30-84  2-5  AACSB,  EQUIS
Booth Business School Chicago, USA  Executive MBA  Full-Time $ 194,000 21  12  AACSB 
CEIBS Shanghai, China  Global EMBA  Part-Time  $ 98,000  20  10  AACSB, EQUIS 
Columbia Business School New York, USA  EMBA with Dual Degree:  Global Americas-Europe Full-Time $ 201,720 20  AACSB 
EMBA with Dual Degree:  Global Asia Full-Time $ 189,600 20  AACSB 
Copenhagen Business School Copenhagen, Denmark  Global EMBA Part-Time   $ 64,079 20  EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB 
  EMBA with flexibility Weekend (Fri-Sat)    $ 58,802 26-60  EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB  
Cornell SC Johnson School Ithaca, New York, USA  EMBA – Americas with Dual Degree Weekend + Interactive Online Video Sessions  $159,826 17  NA  AACSB 
Cranfield School of Management Bedfordshire, UK  EMBA (in partnership with Grant Thornton) Part-Time   $ 33,944* 24  AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS 
EDHEC Business School Lille/Nice/Paris, France  EMBA Full-Time   $ 48,536+ 16  AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS 
ESADE Barcelona, Spain  EMBA Part-Time / Flexible format $ 72,240 16  AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS  ESMT 
ESMT Berlin Berlin-Germany EMBA Modular/Part-Time $ 64,610  18 5 AACSB 
ESSEC  France, Singapore, Morocco EMBA  Full-Time   $ 52,486 18  AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS  
    EMBA – European Track Full-Time $ 58,695 18+  AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS  
    EMBA – Asia Pacific Track Full-Time $ 69,210 15  AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS  
Fuqua School of Business  Duke University, USA Global Executive MBA Full Time/Hybrid $ 149,500 18 5 AACSB, SACS
Goizueta Business School Atlanta, USA  Weekend EMBA  Weekend/ Evening Options $ 115,505  16  8+  AACSB 
Haas School of Business Berkeley, CA, USA  EMBA  3 times/week – every 3 weeks $ 194,000  19  NS  AACSB 
HEC Jouy-en-Josas, France EMBA  Flexible format    $ 94,500    15-18  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  TRIUM Global EMBA Part-Time $ 181,500 18 10 AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
IESE Business School Barcelona, Spain EMBA  Full-Time $ 82,060  24  NS  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Imperial College Business School London, UK EMBA  Part-Time   $ 73, 797 23  8-10  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Indian Institute of Management  Bangalore, India IMPM Full-Time $ 45,000  16  10  EQUIS 
  IMP Full-Time $ 25,837  16 10  EQUIS 
Indian Institute of Management  Ahmedabad, India PGPX  Full-Time   $ 36,465   12  EQUIS 
INSEAD Fontainebleau, France GEMBA Asia  Modular   $ 140,710  14-17  10-15  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Judge School of Business Cambridge, UK EMBA  Twice a week  (Friday/Sat) $ 86,998 20  AMBA, EQUIS 
Kellog School of Management Evanston, Illinois, USA EMBA  Multiple Schedules $ 213,564  24  AACSB 
Kelley School of Business Indiana, USA Evening MBA for working professionals  Evening/          Full-Time    $ 78,678  24  NA  AACSB 
London Business School London, UK GEMBA  Full-Time   $ 189,600  20  NA  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Mannheim Business School Baden-Württemberg,  Germany EMBA  Full-Time $ 55,873  18  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA  
    EMBA – Asia Pacific Track Full-Time $ 69,210 15  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA  
    EMBA – European Track Full-Time   $ 58,695 18+  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA  
Marshall School of Business LA, California, USA EMBA  Part-Time   $ 145,000  22  AACSB 
    IBEAR MBA  Full-Time $ 116,500 12  AACSB 
McCombs School of Business Austin, Texas, USA  EMBA  Part-Time   $ 133,000  24  NA  AACSB 
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia  EMBA  Full-Time   $ 72,667  18  AACSB, EQUIS 
    Senior EMBA Part-Time $ 88,465 18  10  AACSB, EQUIS 
MIT Sloan Massachusetts, USA EMBA Part-Time $ 178,302  20  NA  AACSB 
NUS Business School Singapore  EMBA Full-Time   $ 73,670  15  10  AACSB, EQUIS 
  UCLA – NUS EMBA Part-Time $ 125,000 15  10  AACSB, EQUIS 
NYU Stern  School of Business New York, USA  TRIUM Global EMBA Part-Time $ 185,150  18  10  AACSB 
Questrom School of Business Boston, USA  EMBA Part-Time   $115,000  22  AACSB 
Ross School of Business Michigan, USA  EMBA Full-Time   $ 173,000  21  10  AACSB 
Rotterdam School of Management Rotterdam, Netherlands  Global OneMBA Part-Time/ Flexible format $ 76,755 21  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
  Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA with dual degree  Part-Time/ Flexible format    $ 58,131 24  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA  
Rotman School of Management Toronto, Canada  EMBA Weekend                  (Fri-Sat)  $ 87,160  13  8+  AACSB 
  Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA Part-Time   $ 100,000 18  NS  AACSB 
Said Business School Oxford, UK  Global EMBA Full-Time    $ 122,293 21 / 24 AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
SDA Bocconi Milano, Italy  Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA Part-Time   $ 100,000  18  NS  AACSB, EQUIS, AMB 
Tepper School of Business Pittsburgh, PA, USA  Part-Time Flex  MBA Part-Time/ Flexible format  $ 54,590  24  AACSB 
UCLA Anderson LA, California, USA  EMBA Part-Time / Flexible format  $ 83,996  22  AACSB 
  UCLA NUS EMBA Part-Time  $ 125,000 15   10 AACSB 
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong  EMBA Global Asia Part-Time / Block format  $ 189,600  16-20  10  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
University of St. Gallen St. Gallen, Switzerland  International EMBA Part-Time  $ 78,882  18  AACSB, EQUIS 
Warwick Business School Coventry, UK  EMBA Block format  $ 56,863  24-36  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Wharton School of Business Philadelphia, PA, USA EMBA for Working Professionals Alternate Weekends (Fri-Sat) $ 210,900  24  10  AACSB 
Yale School of Management New Haven, CT, USA EMBA Alternate Weekends (Fri-Sat)  $ 187,500  22  NS  AACSB 

* All costs have been converted to US$. The figures quoted are exclusive of any other additional expenses like taxes.

Blended Executive MBA Programs

Business School Name Location Executive MBA Program  Program Type Fee & Expenses Duration Min Exp. Required Accreditations
Alliance Manchester Business School Manchester, UK Kelley-Manchester Global MBA  Part-Time /Blended $ 65,000 24  3 AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS 
Manchester, UK Global Part Time MBA Part-Time /Blended $ 39,614 18 /24  3 AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS 
Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW, Australia MBAX: Change/Finance/Social Impact/Technology Part-Time/Blended $ 39,995 24 2-6 AACSB, EQUIS 
Darden School of Business Charlottesville, VA, USA Global EMBA Blended   $ 169,000 22  5-7  AACSB 
  EMBA Blended   $ 161,500 22  5-7  AACSB  
Fuqua School of Business Durham, NC, USA Global EMBA  Blended  $ 148,000  18  NA  AACSB 
Goizueta Business School Atlanta, GA, USA Modular EMBA  Blended  $ 108,005 17  8+  AACSB 
HEC  Jouy-en-Josas, France TRIUM GEMBA  Blended $ 181,500 18  10  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
IE Business School Madrid, Spain Global EMBA Blended  $ 91,654 15  10  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Global Online MBA Blended 17 3 AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
IMD Lausanne, Switzerland EMBA  Blended  $ 132,102  15  5-10  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Vlerick Business School Belgium Global EMBA Blended  $ 62,081 15  10  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 

Online MBA Programs

Name of Business School Location Program Name Program Type Fee & Expenses Duration Min. exp required Accreditations
Imperial College Business School London, UK Global Online MBA  Online  $ 45,888 24 months 5 AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
Kelley School of Business Indiana, USA Online MBA with Dual Degree Option Online# $ 71,820* 54 credit hours AACSB 
Questrom School of Business Boston, USA Online MBA Online 24 months AACSB 
Ross School of Business Michigan, USA Online MBA with Dual Degree Option Online# $ 123,088 Self-Paced 1-2 AACSB
Stanford Graduate School of Business Stanford, CA, USA Stanford LEAD Certificate Program Online $ 19,000 12 months 5 AACSB
Tepper School of Business Pittsburgh, PA, USA Online Part Time Hybrid MBA Online#  $ 27,573 Self-Paced NS AACSB
Vlerick Business School Gent, Belgium Online MBA  Online  $ 40,071  Self-Paced AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
Warwick Business School Coventry, UK Online MBA  Online  $ 45,649 24  AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA 
# The program includes some in-person residential modules.

* Course material is excluded and comprises of $ 100 per course.

Online Topic Based Programs

Course Name Conducting B -School Course Fee Program Dates   
* Please note that these programs are all certificate courses
AGSM Graduate Certificate in Change Management Australian Graduate School of Management – University of Kensington – Australia $18,840 Sept 16 – Dec 15, 2019 
Globalization: Strategies for your Enterprise Columbia Business School – USA $1,989 Mar 16 – May 15, 2020
Driving Performance and Change  Columbia Business School – USA  $2,650  Feb 3–Apr 26, 2020  
Driving Strategic Impact Columbia Business School – USA   $2,650 Feb 3–Apr 26, 2020  
Value Investing : Making Intelligent Investment Decisions Columbia Business School – USA    $3,750 Mar 11 – May 10, 2020
Personal Leadership and Success  Columbia Business School – USA  $2,650 Feb 3–Apr 26, 2020
Strategic Intuition : Developing Innovative Strategies for your Organization Columbia Business School – USA  $ 1,989 March 30 – May 01, 2020
Blockchain in Business: Beyond the Hype Columbia Business School – USA  $ 1,950 April 22 – June 09, 2020
Columbia Management Essentials Columbia Business School – USA $ 3,300 November 21, 2019
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Business ESSEC Business School – France 4500 €HT  6 weeks / October 2019 
Digital Business Models ESSEC Business School – France  4500 €HT   6 weeks / Sept 2019 
Digital Transformation: Leading People, Data & Technology Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley – USA $ 2,400 Aug. 29 – Oct  30, 2019


Blockchain Technologies and Applications for Business Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley – USA  $2,600  July 31-Aug 10, 2019 
Credential of Readiness (CORe)  Harvard Business School – USA $ 2,250  Sept 04-Nov 27, 2019 
Strategy@HEC Paris  HEC – France $ 2,950  Sept 16, 2019 – 18 weeks 
Managing Innovation & Design Thinking  HEC – France  $79 per month  Rolling Basis –  4-5 months 
Data Science & Visualization for Business  IE Business School – Spain  € 1.950  16 Oct– 22 Nov 2019 
Leadership & Strategy in the age of Disruption  IE Business School – Spain   € 2.050 12 Jun – 19 Jul 2019  
Financial Decision-Making for Managers  IE Business School – Spain  € 1.950 23 Oct – 29 Nov 2019 
Digital Marketing, Social Media & Analytics IE Business School – Spain   € 1.950  18 Sep – 25 Oct 2019
Innovation for Growth  IE Business School – Spain   € 2.050  12 Jun – 19 Jul 2019 
Scale Up: How to successfully manage growth  IE Business School – Spain   € 2.050  29 May – 05 Jul 2019 
LEAP  IMD – Switzerland  CHF 1,950  09 Sept to 13 Oct 2019
Disruptive Innovation  IMD – Switzerland   CHF 1,950  Sept 02, 2019  – 5 weeks
Building Digital Partnerships and Ecosystems  INSEAD – France  $ 1500 24 Jan 2020 – 5 weeks
Leading Organisations in Disruptive Times INSEAD – France  $ 1500  18 Oct 2019 – 5 weeks 
Leadership Communication with Impact   INSEAD – France   $ 1500 07 Feb 2020 – 5 weeks 
Innovation in the Age of Disruption INSEAD – France    $ 1500  25 Oct 2019  – 5 weeks 
Emerging Leaders in a Digital Age  INSEAD – France  $ 1500  13 Sep 2019  – 5 weeks 
Business Strategy and Financial Performance INSEAD – France   $ 1500   04 Oct 2019  – 7 weeks 
Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption  INSEAD – France  $ 1500    20 Sep 2019  – 5 weeks 
Leading in a Transforming World (3 course online certificate) INSEAD – France  €3,900  2 years – on completion of any 3 above courses
Business Analytics: Decision-Making Using Data  Judge School of Business – University of Cambridge – UK $ 2,000  12 March 2020 / 05 June 2020 
Digital Disruption: Digital Transformation Strategies  Judge School of Business – University of Cambridge – UK $ 2,000  12 March 2020 / 11 June 2020 
Digital Marketing Strategies: Data, Automation, AI & Analytics Kellog School of Management – Northwestern University – USA  $ 2,250  June 27  – August 22, 2019 
Product Strategy Kellog School of Management – Northwestern University – USA $ 2,600 June 27  – August 28, 2019 
Essentials of Marketing Kellog School of Management – Northwestern University – USA $ 2,750 August 12 – December 1, 2019
Innovating in the Digital World  London Business School – UK  £1,500  25 June – 30 July 2019 
Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy  MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA  $ 3,200  Aug 14 – Oct 1, 2019 
Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application  MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA  $ 3,500  Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019 |
Business Process Design for Strategic Management   MIT – Sloan School of Management  – USA  $ 2,800  Sep 4-Oct 22, 2019 
Corporate Innovation: Strategies for Leveraging Ecosystems   MIT – Sloan School of Management  – USA   $ 2,800   Aug 28-Oct 15, 2019 | 
Cybersecurity for Managers: A Playbook MIT – Sloan School of Management  – USA $ 2,800  Aug 29-Oct 16, 2019 
Digital Business Strategy: Harnessing Our Digital Future MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA $ 2,800 Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019
Digital Marketing Analytics MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA $ 2,800 Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019
Economics for Business   MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA $ 2,800 Oct 2-Dec 3, 2019 
ELLE International Fashion and Luxury Management Program  MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA   €16,000 to €25,000 No dates scheduled yet 
Internet of Things: Business Implications and Opportunities   MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA   $ 2,800 Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019 
Machine Learning: Implementation in Business  MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA  $3,200 Aug 7-Sep 24, 2019 
Mastering Design Thinking  MIT – Sloan School of Management – USA $3,300  Sep 5-Nov 27, 2019 
Master of Science in Quantitative Management  NYU Stern School of Business – USA  $67,000   August 10, 2020 / 20 months 
Fintech NYU Stern School of Business – USA $ 2,200 Jan 17, 2020
Corporate Sustainability NYU Stern School of Business – USA $ 2,200 Jan 17, 2020
Corporate Finance NYU Stern School of Business – USA $ 2,200 Jan 17, 2020
Leading in the Digital Age Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Digital Platform Strategy Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Digital Transformation Strategy Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Digital Business Analytics Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Digital Innovation through Experimentation Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Digital Product Management Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Engaging Consumers in a Digital World Questrom School of Business – USA $225 6 weeks
Oxford Digital Marketing: Disruptive Strategy Programme  Said Business School – Oxford University – UK  £2,200  12 Feb 2020 – 8 weeks 
Oxford Fintech Programme Said Business School – Oxford University – UK  £2,650  26 Feb 2020 – 8 weeks 
Blockchain Strategy Programme Said Business School – Oxford University – UK  £2,350 12 Feb 2020 – 6 weeks
Artificial Intelligence Programme Said Business School – Oxford University – UK  £2,650 29 January 2020 – 6 weeks
Oxford Leadership Programme Said Business School – Oxford University – UK  £2,200 05 Feb 2020 – 8 weeks
Data Analysis for Business SDA Bocconi School of Management – Italy  € 150 On Demand 
Fundamentals of Accounting SDA Bocconi School of Management – Italy   € 150  On Demand
Management Acceleration Program (UCLA MAP) UCLA Anderson School of Management – USA $7,000 April – March 2020
Bringing strategy to life Vlerick Business School – Belgium  € 1.295  Oct 02, 2019 – 6 weeks 
Negotiate for success  Vlerick Business School – Belgium   € 1.295   Oct 02, 2019 – 6 weeks  
Business Essentials  Vlerick Business School – Belgium   € 1.695  Sept 30 – 10 weeks 
Leadership and Management  Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania – USA  $ 3600 July 8, 2019 – 16 – 24 weeks 
Digital Marketing Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania – USA   $ 2,340  August 26, 2019 – 24 weeks 
Business Strategy from Wharton: Competitive Advantage  Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania – USA   $ 585  July 2019 – 6 weeks 
Accelerated Management Program Yale School of Management – USA  $ 3,500  June 19, 2019 – 8 weeks
Digital Marketing – A Strategic Perspective Yale School of Management – USA  $ 2,800 Sept 11, 2019 – 8 weeks

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Several global brands nowadays have set up their offices in emerging growth-oriented countries as a way of penetrating the fast growing consumer markets there. The growth of multinational businesses in Asian, African and South American countries is strengthening the appeal for management professionals to gain experiential learning about these emerging economies.  Factors such as high GDP growth and a growing middle class are all contributing conditions for the rapid growth of the buying power that Asia is seeing.  As such, corporate executives essentially need to be brought up-to-date with on-going developments in these emerging markets, more especially if their company is doing business there or planning to expand in these areas.


Due to these changing trends in global business, most US business schools saw a downturn in applications, with more people applying to MBA programs in Asia. The US business schools saw a decline of applications, falling by 6.6% overall in 2018, while Asian business schools in China, India & Singapore over the past few years have seen a considerable rise in international MBA applicants, according to the GMAC Applicant Trends Survey—an 8.8% increase from 2017 to 2018 alone. This rises significantly to 15.4% increase when you look just at international students applying to Asian schools—more specifically those in China and Southeast Asia—while the US has seen a 10% drop in international applications.


To counter this regional shift in admissions, several US and European business schools have incorporated comprehensive global immersion modules in their executive management programs to provide an experiential learning for their students of the emerging economies. These global immersion modules, in the form of study tours, interactive sessions with regional corporate heads & executives and local industry visits, provide a much necessary plug-in for global executive management programs of the US & European based B-Schools by enhancing their competitiveness vis-a-vis the Asian B-Schools. Through global partnership networks, the top notch US & European based B-Schools are able to provide an enhanced international experience to their students by way of collaborative executive management programs with reputed international B-Schools on a global level, with the objective of encompassing the management trends of developed and emerging economies all around the world. A typical Global EMBA program now essentially has a global immersion session which involves experiential learning sessions in the US, Europe, China & India, South America, Middle East and Africa. However, these optional global immersion sessions may involve an additional cost apart form the regular fees.

The global immersion modules are obviously a positive learning experience for international students considering joining an executive management program, However, the benefits need to be considered in terms of the overall cost factor. World-class executive management programs are already far too expensive for an individual going it alone, but for corporate sponsored candidates, not only the Return on Investment (ROI) is a difficult parameter to assess for companies, but also the loyalty of the candidate they intend to sponsor at such a high cost. Of course, there are ways to inhibit sponsored candidates from leaving the company post the course completion, such as a bond, penal contract, or promise of higher incentives like promotions and salary hikes far above the standard industry level, but still it may be a risk taking decision for companies who are sponsoring employees for the executive management programs. Unlike the regular MBA programs for inexperienced students, the ROI cannot be measured directly for an executive management program.  What can be assessed are the statistics derived from the authenticated performance of passed-out students which the B-schools need to provide on their website, so that the suitable executive management program can be pinpointed by companies for their sponsored candidates  as per their internal requirements.      

The question which arises now is how transparent are these Global B-Schools in providing such statistics. If they wish to target higher admissions in the future, they will essentially need to provide information on the following:


1- Minimum 3-year  performance trend of their passed out executive level students, post completion of the course.

2- Promotion & Salary trends of their passed-out executive level students, post completion of the course.

3- Contact information of the executive level students and the company for confirmation/verification.


With the ready availability of the above mentioned inputs, it will definitely become easier for companies to select a B-School for sponsoring their employees for an executive level management program. 

Accreditations are widely considered as hallmarks of quality. Many rankings systems require that schools are accredited in order to be eligible. To participate in the Financial Times’ MBA rankings, for example, schools need to be accredited by AACSB or EQUIS.


The Three Big Accreditation Bodies


There are three big international names in the world of business school accreditation: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the European Foundation for Management Development’s (EFMD) Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).


Broadly speaking, the three accreditation agencies all do the same thing: assess a business schools’ quality. Gareth Howells, executive director of the MBA, Master’s in Finance, and Early Career Programs at London Business School (LBS), a triple-accredited organization, says that to review a school for accreditation is to “really get under that school’s skin.”


How does it work? LBS will send a ton of information on its programs and processes to the accreditation body. After reviewing the information, Gareth explains, the accreditation panel then spends up to a week at the school.


The panel is usually made up of representatives from other business schools as well as the accreditation body, and they conduct numerous meetings with people at every level of the organization—from board members to lecturers to students—as part of their assessment.


The oldest body in business school accreditation is AACSB, which was founded in 1916. They assess schools based on 15 ‘standards’ which cover everything about a program, from strategic management and innovation, to academic and professional engagement. Most of the top-ranked schools in the world carry an AACSB accreditation, including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT Sloan. AACSB is still a widely-trusted and respected accreditor of business schools, despite having lost official recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in 2016. An AACSB accreditation in business represents a positive evaluation of a “school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas.” Schools are reevaluated every five years.


The second major business education accreditation body is AMBA. “AMBA is the only accreditation which is focused purely on the MBA itself,” explains Andy Vassallo, director of MBA programs at the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) AMBA-accredited Norwich Business School. The London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredits MBA programs in around 70 countries.  It judges the quality of a business school’s strategy, mission, faculty, students, curriculum, and assessment. By AMBA standards, for example, students admitted onto an AMBA-accredited program must have at least three years of work experience. Three quarters of a business school’s faculty must have a Masters or Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. AMBA’s specific focus allows the accreditation body to dig further into the details of the MBA course, and AMBA has requirements which don’t appear on the more generalized accreditations’ lists of standards. For example, AMBA requires ‘substantial interaction between the faculty and the cohort group’—a requirement that generally disadvantages distance-learning programs. However, online MBAs can gain AMBA accreditation, as the University of Birmingham’s Online MBA proved when it became the first AMBA-accredited MBA of its kind in 2016.


The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) is run by the Brussels-based EFMD Management Development Network.  Its main point of difference from the other two major accreditation bodies is in its emphasis on internationalization. EQUIS requires international diversity on both the governing and advisory boards of its accredited business schools. EQUIS also requires that schools have a strategy for international development and asks for proof that schools have allocated appropriate resources to achieve these goals. EQUIS evaluates a business school’s governance, strategy, programs, students, faculty, research and development, executive education, contribution to the community, resources and administration, internationalization, and corporate connections.


Accreditation allows schools to tap into a global network of quality business schools and leaders. It’s about a constant commitment to improvement, as accredited schools are fully audited by the accreditation bodies every three-to-four years. The value of an accreditation is that it will constantly scrutinize your processes and push you to become better.


In 2019, there were at least 90 business schools worldwide that were accredited by all three of the main international organizations—AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. This distinction is often referred to as the “triple crown”.


For students, accreditation from a reputable organization is one good way to check the quality of a business school. Accreditation organizations evaluate the quality standards of a business school’s teaching, faculty, services, and infrastructure, among other things.

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Alliance Manchester Business School | Australian Graduate School of Management  |  Booth Business School  


China Europe International Business School | Columbia Business School | Copenhagen Business School | Cornell SC Johnson School of BusinessCranfield School of Management 


Darden School of Business | EDHEC Business School | ESADE Ramon Llull University | ESMT BerlinESSEC Business School | Fuqua School of Business 


Goizueta Business School | Haas School of Business | Harvard Business School | HEC 


IE Business School | IESE Business School | IMD | Imperial College Business School | Indian Institute of Management (A) | Indian Institute of Management (B) INSEAD | Judge Business School 


Kellog School of Management | Kelley School of Business | London Business School


Mannheim Business School | Marshall School of Business | McCombs School of Business | Melbourne Business School | MIT Sloane | NUS Business SchoolNYU Stern School of Business


Olin Business SchoolQuestrom School of Business | Ross School of Business | Rotterdam School of Management | Rotman School of Management | Said Business SchoolSDA Bocconi School of Management | Stanford Graduate School of Business


Tepper School of Business | Tuck School of Business | UCLA Anderson School of Management | University of Hong Kong | University of St. GallenVlerick Business School


Warwick Business School | Wharton School of Business | Yale School of Management

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